[UPDATED] A full run down of WP8.1 features
UPDATED: 20th FEB 20:25GMT
Looks like the leaks keep coming for WP8.1 so have captured a full rundown of supposed new features as reported by various sites. If I have missed any please let me know as I intend to keep this list updated as more stories break.
All I can say is this will be one heck of an update and finally WP gets the much needed features plus many others critics and users have been asking for.
Make no mistake, this is going to be a BEAST of an update and I hope Cortana bitch slaps Siri in the process, LOL.
- Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
- Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
- Media files that are downloaded via IE are automatically added to your phone XBOX Media library. (mp3s are added to XBOX Music, videos to XBOX Video)
- Stereoscopic 3d support
- YouTube Player including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn't have to be full screen) And you get custom UI, so YouTube Closed Captions are in
- Separate volume controls for ringer, media, etc.
- PlayTo support
Networking / Connectivity
- Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
- Sharing secured WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
- VPN (Virtual Private Network)
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE (to non-Lumia Windows Phones)
- Feature to mirror Windows Phone screens to TVs and/or monitors
- USB choices
- Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
- Moving closer to universal metro apps (.appx)
- Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
- File picker
- Geofencing API for location-based reminders
- ‘Battery Power Sense’ info regarding battery usage and percentage remaining. Also lists in order which apps are using the most battery power (nice!)
- Ability to install apps on inserted SD Cards
- Auto-updates for apps (just like Windows 8.1)
- Better backup functionality, now includes app data
- Support for new screen sizes: qHD and QHD (1440 x 2560) and smaller (384 x 640)
- Almost every API in WinRT can run on WP8.1 (WinPRT) these include video and audio transcoding.
- Better Data sense that auto compresses web pages to your specified setting (high, standard, auto, off)
- Ability to add 'trusted' NFC tags/devices so you are longer always prompted to accept content from them
- Screen recorder: Ability to capture screen activity
- Quiet hours (similar to do not disturb in iOS)
- Along with normal updates, there are now "important" updates.
- Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
- Possible Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
- Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up?
- Voice Narrator for Accessibility?
- No Facebook integration in People Hub. 'Facebook Blue' app to be installed as default
- Photo hub decoupled e.g Facebook photo thumbnails will no longer directly appear, a hook/link to Facebook photos will be used instead to view the photos within the app.
- Redesigned Xbox Game Hub
- Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)
- Updated camera layout, similar to Windows 8.1 including burst mode. You can specify retention period for burst photos to stop them filling your phone.
- OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (just like Windows 8.1)
- IE11 improved with WebGL and Normal mapping support. IE Tabs button has been removed and multi task view is now the main way of viewing your tabs.
- IE: password manager, tabs, history, favourites now syncs with desktop IE
- IE has ability to upload and download files. Downloads are stored in the download folder, files in this can be shared to apps and NFC
- IE has a reading mode and inPrivate browsing mode
- Twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts Hub
- Ability to select your own default messaging app
- Podcast app
- Ability to post to multiple social sites removed. Instead it will work more like the share charm in Windows 8 where you are presented with a list apps you can share the content with, and can only select one.
- Calendar App has a new weekly view
- Bing apps across phone and PC will sync together using MS single sign account
- People hub now has the ability to show contacts who only have phone numbers
- Mail: Options to always download emails and pictures within them. Encrypted and signed e-mail support. New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
- Office Lens app. scans whiteboards and documents directly in the camera as a Windows Phone Lens. The Office Lens lets you scan whiteboards, documents, and more with your phone’s camera, then optimizes the images so they’re clear and easy to read in your notes.
- Password protected Office document support
- Wallet supports tickets and membership cards?
- Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle?
- Ability to mute a messaging conversation (useful if you are getting inundated by a person / group of people)
Cortana (rumoured features)
- Personal assistant that utilises Bing services and FourSquare datasets.
- You can change Cortana's name. It's named Cortana by default.
- Cortana is available in different languages.
- There are visual representations of Cortana's emotional states and reactions, designed on the basis of some sort of circle (probably an emoticon type of design). Its expressions are: Abashed, Alert, Bouncy, Calm, Considerate, Elated, Greeting (probably 4 versions), Listening, Need More, Intro, Optimistic, Reminder, Satisfied, Sensitive, Speaking, Thinking
- There are 38 different versions of Cortana's greeting line ("Hi, name, how can I help?", "What's up, name?", "What else can I do for you?", etc.)
- Cortana saves all kinds of relevant personal data (your name, your reminders, your inner circle, etc.) in what's called Cortana's "personal notebook", which is stored locally and synchs via the cloud. That notebook can be cleared.
- The types of information Cortana handles include: weather, stock, traffic, directions, calendar, time, places, persons, music, notes, calls and texts.
- Cortana can handle settings including modes and connectivity.
- Cortana can automatically turn on "quiet hours"
- During "quiet hours" Cortana handles calls and texts.
- There's some sort of Cortana tile for the Start screen.
- Cortana can automatically scan your mails for useful information. For example it can track flights mentioned in your mails.
- Cortana only works in certain regions and can be disabled by "company policy"
- Things you can ask Cortana about: weather (current, forecast), news (headlines, specific topics), "who is..." type of questions, conversions, stock (general situation, specific stocks), nutritional values, your schedule, directions, opening hours, your location
- Actions Cortana can do for you: call and text contacts, set alarms, create or change appointments, play music, create location-dependent reminders, take notes
- Things Cortana can search for: videos, places, events, recipes, apps
- Looks like Cortana will be available in the following languages: de-de, en-gb, en-in, en-us, es-es, es-mx, fr-fr, it-it, ja-jp, pl-pl, pt-br, ru-ru, zh-cn, zh-hk, zh-tw
- For each language there seem to be different voices to choose from (male ones and female ones)
Search and New Services
- Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
- Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
- iCloud support
- Windows store will provide recommended apps based on your location and recommendations based on your Facebook friends
- Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
- Documentation confirms ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1
Navigation and UI
- Slide down to close apps
- Navigation bar color selection
- Back button doesn't terminate the app instead it suspends the app
- More efficient multitasking
- Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
- Quick settings access (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) by doing a quick swipe from the top of the screen
- Action Center (notifications) accessed by doing a full swipe from up to the bottom
- Ability for apps to issue Silent notifications, update/delete notifications
- RUMOUR: new ‘large’ tile size
- RUMOUR: mark a Live Tile as read by swiping from the left of said tile
- Improved keyboard like android ‘swype’
- Ability to choose your own start screen background
- Functionality for On screen windows phone buttons that you can swipe away
- Search button is 'frozen' when using 'full screen' apps to prevent accidental launch of Bing search. When the user is: Taking a photo, Capturing a video, playing games the search button will only work if you double tap it. This is following complaints of users accidentally launching search under the scenarios mentioned above.
- Pivots are using slightly smaller typography (basically title text doesn't use up so much screen space!)
- Tweaked transition animations
- WP uses same progress ring as Windows now.
- Three column tile support (probably only Lumia 1020 and 920)
- Possible Double Tap to Power Off
- You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
- Speed dial
- Enhanced lock screen apps? More interactive?